From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juan De Fuca Cerveza”. The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head. The aroma consists of corn, biscuit malts and sweetness. The flavour is of biscuit, corn, sweetness and a mild grassy hops note. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 19. While I would assert that this is a well executed Mexican style lager I don’t personally understand the craft adjunct lager.
Commercial Description: A craft take on a Mexican classic. This light and crisp artisanal cerveza was designed to explore new territories.
From Oliver BC’s Firehall Brewery comes their “Hoser Lite” a hybrid lager with a lager yeast and an ale yeast blended and fermented at a multi stage temperature scale to benefit from both yeasts. The beer pours a light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, grass and a mild bite from hops. The flavour is of grainy malts, grassy hops, citrus and a mild hop bitterness bite. The alcohol content comes in at 4.3%. For a low alcohol lager this beer has a lot of flavour. This beer is aimed more at people aiming to try out craft beer without having a lot of bitterness.
From Victoria BC’s The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery comes their brand new seasonal Session Lager named “Light Side of the Moon”. With the play on the name I thought it fitting to suggest a Pink Floyd song from their album Dark Side of the Moon. This session lager pours a cloudy light golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of melons, orange, rice malts and floral hops. The flavour is of oranges, orange peels, melons, malts, some rice and some very mild hops. Usually I am down on the use of rice in beer as the beer is filtered to remove the flavour it brings on. It is usually used as a cheaper malt but with this beer it is used well to add flavour to this low alcohol unfiltered lager. The alcohol content comes in at 4.2%. The flavour is light as to be expected with a session ale or lager but it is still very tasty.
Commercial Description: Unfiltered craft lager brewed with rice malts and sweet orange peel for a dry, refreshing finish. Welcome to the Light side of craft beer.